KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WILX) - WILX News 10 is learning more about the man who, West Michigan Police say, opened fire on officers in Kalamazoo before being killed by police.
Now, the man’s family says he was not out to kill officers. That’s what 31-year-old Brandon Stacey’s family is telling WOOD TV8.
The family says Stacey spent a good part of his life in public service while serving time as an EMT and Volunteer Firefighter in the city of Parchment.
Kalamazoo Police say they were called to a plasma donation center in the downtown area of Kalamazoo for a report of an active shooter around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Stacey’s family says he worked at the center for less than a year. According to Kalamazoo Police, Stacey went inside his work with a gun, fired a shot and told people inside to call police.
A woman giving plasma says she didn’t know what was happening.
"All of a sudden I heard a boom! Then I heard someone say call 911. So I was like what the... I'm all confused like what the hell is going on here," said Loretta Woods, a witness to the shooting.
Kalamazoo Police say Stacey waited for officers to arrive at the center and then started shooting at them when officers arrived. One officer was shot multiple times but the bullets were stopped by his Kevlar vest and he is expected to be okay.
Officers returned fire, killing Stacey.
Stacey’s family says they’re shocked and don’t know why the husband and father did what he did, but the family says they’re sure he didn’t want to kill any officers.
No one else was hurt. Kalamazoo’s Police Chief called the shooting a planned ambush on officers.
Kalamazoo Police and State Police are now investigating the officer-involved shooting.